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Looted Tombs of Roman Emperor, Mother Discovered in Yugoslavia

October 26, 1991

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The tombs of Roman emperor Gallerius and his mother have been discovered in eastern Serbia near the border with Bulgaria, but most of the contents were looted long ago, the newspaper Politika says.

The tombs, measuring 1,080 square feet and 4 1/2 feet high, provided access to the crypts in which the remains of Gallerius and his mother Romula were buried separately, the paper said Friday. Gallerius reigned between 293 A.D. and 311.

The discovery was made by Yugoslav archeologist Dragoslav Srejovic, the paper said.

Only relief stone chunks and mosaic pieces, which decorated the inner and outer walls, were found. The tombs were robbed more than 1,500 years ago, Srejovic said.

The remnants indicate that the two bodies were placed on pyres in anticipation of their ascension to the gods, the paper said.

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